Washington, DC, Dec. 19, 2016 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) joined other general aviation proponents in welcoming the announcement of a final rule overhauling the Part 23 aircraft certification process, adopting consensus-based, performance-driven standards for light GA aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds.
“We applaud these changes to streamline the certification process for GA manufacturers, bolstering industry innovation and adoption of vital new safety technologies, and ultimately leading to swifter regulatory approval for new aircraft designs and equipment,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “These new standards are particularly beneficial to the vast majority of NBAA’s membership who operate light aircraft to further their businesses.”
The final rule is the culmination of a nearly decade-long process to revise Part 23 certification standards, including work by Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee, co-chaired by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was directed to issue revised standards by the Small Airplane Revitalization Act (SARA), a bipartisan initiative sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-4-KS) and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) that was signed into law on Nov. 27, 2013.
In March 2016, the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that largely followed recommendations made by the joint industry/regulatory ARC. At a May hearing on the NPRM, NBAA joined with GAMA and seven other industry advocacy groups to encourage the FAA to move swiftly on adoption of a final rule.
The new Part 23 standards complement global efforts to remove regulatory restrictions and develop common certification standards, including concurrent work by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to revise its CS-23 rule for small aircraft. Other worldwide aviation authorities are expected to follow suit.
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.
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